I’m a reasonable cyclist. And, like most fellow reasonable cyclists, I’ve come to the conclusion that not all drivers in London eat an enormous amount of carrots. Therefore, I doubt they have night vision goggle-esque vision. Therefore, through my scientific reasoning, I’ve equipped my bike with a set of bike lights. The Knog Boomer and the Knog Skink. However, it can’t harm to have additional lighting.
For that I could make worse decisions than look at the below 4 unusual bike lights.
Valve bike light
I originally spotted these in Tokyo and was pleased to see they are also on sale from Amazon UK. Unfortunately, they don’t work with Presta valve types but with a bit of DIY ingenuity they could be glued to the caps. The reviews posted here have been very positive but do state that you’ll have to pedal pretty fast to get a continuous stream of light.
The Bike Glow bike lights ($25) wrap around your bike for side visibility. They provide that quintessential Christmas bike look. For more see the Bike Glow website. According to the manufacturer they are completely waterproof and should last 120 hours in flashing mode. They can be purchased from REI.
Knog Boomer Wearable
This is one of the latest lights from Knog. I’ve been testing it for the past few months and will be giving my thoughts soon. However, so far, it’s proved a good little addition to the arsenal of lights and one that I’ve found quite easy to position.
The Knog Wearable Boomer has two ways of attachment. It can either be done using the clip or the magnet. In practise, I’ve not found the magnet particularly reliable. All it takes is a big pothole and it’ll rattle loose. However, the clip has been very secure and in my tests I’ve not had it fly off my bag or clothing. Considering the range of mounting options this could be a very good addition to any cyclist looking for extra visibility. The light emitted is very bright and comparable to that of my light attached to my seat post.
Bar end lights
Bar end lights, such as this one listed on Amazon, are a good way to get some supplementary light from the two bike lights typically found on a bike. They’ll fit on road bike style drop bars.
Our final unusual bike light is probably one you’ve already heard of. The Fibre Flare. This bike light has been praised for its excellent 360 degree visibility and range of mounting options. I’ve heard of quite a few cyclists starting to use it and I plan on making it an addition to my bike soon (As well as reviewing it for London Cyclist). The Fibre Flare is available from Wiggle.
If there’s any unusual bike lights I’ve missed out then please do post a comment below..
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